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How these hotels help in the fight against Covid-19

By VIANCA GAMBOA

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Conrad Manila donates to PGH

The hospitality/tourism industry has suffered the most critical hit during the lockdown—trying to survive on its knees in more ways than one. In spite of the repercussions surrounding capitals and financial commitments without revenue coming in, however, the industry recognizes its huge role in the pandemic fight. Given the grave situation in hospitals due to constant increase of cases and limited space, hotel premises need to be mobilized in order to accommodate frontliners and patients. Some budget hotels and Airbnbs turn rooms to makeshift patient beds, while some hotel chains give in-kind and monetary donations. Truly living up to its name as service providers to people, here’s what we know so far about local hotels opening doors to frontliners and joining the fight to end Covid-19.

City of Dreams Manila
City of Dreams Manila developer’s charitable arm, Melco Resorts Foundation Corporation, in coordination with the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) donates P50-million worth of food packs for the government’s food relief efforts. The donation, packed by the property’s skeleton force, consists of 125,000 food packs each containing rice, canned goods, noodles, and water.

Marco Polo Ortigas
The hotel pays tribute to the selfless service of all frontliners against the pandemic by lighting the skyline a brilliant red, standing a heartbeat away from leading medical institutions in Pasig. One of its ongoing initiatives aside from the act of support is by turning over 1,000 soap bars for healthcare workers’ hygiene and safety.

Conrad Manila
The senior management team from Conrad Manila makes sure to mind every aspect of the UP-PGH Bayanihan donation mobilization, covering roles from food packaging to loading of the food packs, inventory, and delivery. The hotel has turned over the first batch of food packs to the hospital through the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) dietary department under Emi Lavilla who oversees the UP_PGH Bayanihan Operations Center. The Bayanihan donation to the PGH is a weekly affair by Conrad Manila, supported by additional food packs from sister hotel Hilton Manila.

Solaire Resort and Casino
Bloomberry Cultural Foundation Inc. (BCFI), the CSR arm of Solaire Resort and Casino, donates P60 million worth of personal protective equipment (PPE) and N95 masks to the Department of Health for medical frontliners in various hospitals dealing with Covid-19 patients.
BCFI has also applied with the Food and Drug Association for the necessary permits for three different testing kits currently available in China and South Korea. As soon as the clearances and permits are issued, BCFI will procure 100,000 test kits to augment the much needed supply of the government for mass testing.

Resorts World Manila
The Travelers International Hotel Group through Resorts World Philippines Cultural Heritage Foundation shells out P50 million for procurement of PPE, infrared thermometers, and essential items. The foundation also distributes grocery packs to community beneficiaries.

Okada Manila
Okada allocates P50 million for important medical equipment such as testing kits, PPEs, validator machines, masks, and alcohol for PGH.

The Oriental Hotels and Resorts
Hospitality chain The Oriental Hotels and Resorts offers free accommodations to working medical frontliners stationed in Albay, Leyte, and Bataan. The hospitality group also aims to train other hotels in housing health personnel and persons who need to be isolated.

Newcoast Boracay
Savoy and Belmont Hotel Boracay donate a total of 3,000 shower caps and dental kits to medical frontliners at Philippine Red Cross Boracay-Malay Chapter.

RedDoorz
RedDoorz is offering free temporary accommodation for frontline healthcare workers and emergency first responders. With the help of the Department of Tourism and Manila City Hall, RedDoorz launches its new “Red Heroes” initiative, which is now rolling out across the region.


Source: Manila Bulletin (https://lifestyle.mb.com.ph/2020/04/23/how-these-hotels-help-in-the-fight-against-covid-19/)

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